Eric Liddell: Scotland's Olympic Champion

"Scotsman, Eric Liddell! His Olympic story chronicled in the 1981 Oscar-winning film: Chariots of Fire!

Eric was best known for his running, with great prospects for the 1924 Paris Olympics. But Eric was committed to the Bible’s teaching to honor the Sabbath—and because the 100 meter sprint was held on Sunday, withdrew from the race he would most likely have won. Instead concentrating on the 400 meter race.

He won Gold in the 400—setting a new Olympic record! He said, “The secret of my success is that I run the first 20 meters as fast as I can. Then, for the second 200 meters, with God’s help I run faster.”
Reportedly, an Olympic staffer slipped a piece of paper into Eric’s hand before the finals. On it were words from 1st Samuel 2:30: “Those who honor me I will honor.”

The Book: Impacting the 2016 Olympic Games!"

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